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EMI Options: Approval granted

By Ben Watson As mentioned in our previous update, the tax reliefs associated with Enterprise Management Incentives (EMI) options are technically a form of state aid and therefore require approval from the EU Commission.  Two days before the deadline of 7 April 2018, HMRC announced that the UK had failed to renew its EU state aid […]

Avoid World Cup marketing own goals this summer

By Jo Pritchard The 2018 FIFA World Cup is to shortly kick off in Russia. Amidst the excitement, it is important to remember a few key dos and don’ts for any planned marketing campaigns. With a global audience of more than 3 billion, it will be tempting to capitalise on the football fever with World […]

Independent review of building regulations and fire safety

The catastrophic events of the evening of 14 June 2017 which led to the tragic loss of 71 lives at Grenfell Tower has cast a spotlight on the system relating to the design, construction and maintenance of high-rise and complex buildings. In the wake of the disaster, the government announced an independent review of building […]

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Lack of court resources undermines Woolf reforms

A lack of court resources was hindering access to justice, according to a survey of solicitors published last week. Nearly four out of 10 solicitors responding to a Law Society survey said that inefficient administration in court offices made an appreciable impact on their clients’ cases. This year’s Woolf Questionnaire, dealing with the impact of […]

KLM general counsel made redundant

KLM general counsel Leslie Mooyaart has been made redundant following a reorganisation of the Dutch airline’s head office function. An internal KLM source told The Lawyer that Mooyaart’s departure follows a consolidation of three of the airline’s departments: government and industry affairs, legal affairs and secretariat. He said the move was part of a cost-cutting exercise. “Mr Mooyaart’s […]

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Ruling closes child support loophole for self-employed

A loophole that allows fathers to avoid heavy maintenance payments was closed last week, when a single mother won an appeal that could force the Child Support Agency (CSA) to reopen up to 50,000 assessments. Helen Smith, a part-time office administrator, had her child support for her three children increased under the ruling from 11.29 […]

Lord Justice Sedley: courts are ‘rabbits in the headlights of the press’

Catherine Zeta-Jones famously laughed off the 1m GBP OK! Magazine paid for photos of her wedding to Michael Douglas as “not that much to us”, so one can only imagine how insignificant was the paltry 14,600 GBP damages they are to receive for the damage caused by the publication of unauthorised paparazzi pictures of their […]

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